• Identify the plants in the neighborhood - know names, specialties of the plants etc.
• Classify different plants around them based on their external physical characteristics- thin/thick trunk, round/elongated leaves, soft/thorny leaves, regular/serrated leaf margins etc.
• Discuss the use of plants and plant derivatives in our daily life.
• Know terms such as tree, leaf, bark, branch, flower
• Knows colors, kinds of smell
• ‘The queen of trees’- a documentary about a fig tree, its life cycle, animals living on the tree h ttps : //www .y o utube.com/w at ch ? v=xy86ak2fQJM
• Story telling in the classroom: ‘The magic school bus story on plant seeds’
• Worksheets- parts of plants, trees and their leaves,
• PPT on plants
Suggestive flow for classroom discussion
Discussion on living beings around you: Characteristics - living, growing by itself, moving around, breathing, making sounds and eating food. Teacher can discuss different materials that children see around, evaluate it against the criteria to conclude whether it is a living and non-living thing.
Discussion on plants: This discussion is held to understand the students’ prior knowledge on plants. Ask questions about the plants they know - the names, how they look etc. Students can be asked to describe or draw a plant. Categorize them as small, medium and large. You could also discuss the parts of a plant that they are familiar with.
Project: Collecting various leaves and flowers
• To explore different leaves for their shapes, margin and colour
• To know different colours, shapes and sizes of different flowers.
Classroom discussion: The teacher asks the students to collect different leaves and flowers from their locality. The collected leaves are to be arranged from shortest to largest based on their shapes, and from darkest to lightest based on their colour. They can also arrange them on the basis of its texture - thin/thick/smooth/rough, and the smell.
Similarly flowers that are collected also need to be observed and arranged based on their colour, size and shape.
Creating picture album of trees: Students can be grouped and each group can select a tree. Leaves, flowers, bark of the tree can be collected and pasted on a hard paper surface. Children can collect details about the tree - name, uses etc. Children could also sketch the tree on the paper.
Creating a school garden: Students can bring seeds from home. Plant it in a small cup or in a specific place in the school and take care of the plant by watering it and keeping it away from animals. Students have to note down in a chart the date when the shoot and the first leaf appears. The students can track the growth of the plant by measuring its height every week.
Term: Term 1